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This timeless classic by Erma Bombeck still packs the punch. Though some things have changed, many of us still long for what the Jones have -- though they, in reality, long for what we have had all along. -- Louis Mended, editorial --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"She is marvelously funny, direct as a hypodermic, a virtuoso in the field of suburban living....Lovely stuff."
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It's the expose to end all exposes--the truth about the suburbs: where they planted trees and crabgrass came up, where they planted the schools and taxes came up, where they died of old age trying to merge onto the freeway and where they finally got sex out of the schools and back into the gutters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345471725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345471727
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on February 18, 2006
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This book diverges from Bombeck's usual subject matter--family--to take on other compelling topics, like diet and the self image of American women. One of the greatest stand-out examples, for me, of her warm humorous take on crash diets and extreme weight loss measures, is when she talks about a case study done with laboratory rats. As part of the experiment, the rats modelled different kinds of clothing. For example, if a rat wore vertical stripes, he was more likely to look longer and leaner than his counterparts. Also, if a rat was having a dialogue with another rat, he stood on the curb, or the stairs, so he was always on a higher platform from his friend. This gave the illusion that he was taller and skinnier. I remember the first time I read this. I was rolling with laughter.

God bless Erma Bombeck. We are so lucky that her comedic gift lives on in her wonderful books. These books are best described as "slice of life" vignettes of the day-to-day experiences of American identity, through the eyes of one of the most influential people in the world---a mother.
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Yes, it's been ten years since I read it (I have the original version with the white cover and Erma mowing the lawn). I still laugh at the thought of some parts of it. Erma, I love you, I miss you, and I wish you could send us columns from heaven. About the book: you must read it and you will find something to relate to in it. Even though it has a 1970's tone (pre-microwaves and cell phones) you can still relate to it and laugh with it. Get it, and any other Bombeck Book you can snatch.
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I bought this book about ten years ago and it is nearly worn out. I had never heard of Irma Bombeck back when I purchased this book and I thought the American humour might not suit me (I'm an Aussie). I was soon to fall in love with Irma's wit and observations. It is a funny and painfully honest look at life in suburbia. If this book doesn't get you smiling....see your doctor!
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Erma Bombeck was a true star in her writing. This is the first of her books that I read, laughing hysterically at almost every word. This book has only gotten better with age. For people who didn't grow up in this age, it may seem quaint, and mostly unreal, but believe me when I say this is how life really was, once upon a time. Ms. Bombeck was writing hysterically funny columns long before Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen, and Louis Lowdermilk. Books such as this once graced most bookshelves, and unknowing children got rid of them. If/when Amazon puts the rest of her work out there, and perhaps Shirley Jackson's "Raising Demons" - she did write more than "The Lottery" - people will understand that comedic writing can be done without swearing, sex, and references to drugs. Love this book. More like this, please. I will admit her death literally hit me in the gut, and I cried real tears. Writers such as Ms. Bombeck just aren't there any more.
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For anyone who has not read a book by Erma Bombeck, well, you need to read one.

And this one is as good a book as any to start with.

It was a sad day for all her fans when Erma went to her reward 20 years ago (in 1996). Her delightful outlook on life's everyday happenings will make you laugh at yourself and at mundane everyday situations, she will make you cry with sympathy and empathy, and best of all, she will make you think.

Don't be surprised to find yourself laughing and crying at the same time.

Read this. You won't be disappointed.
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Hard to believe now, but suburbia was once new in America. It came with all kinds of challenges, absence of building codes and all the competition among young families in their attempts to "keep up with the Jones". A great read to remind many of us what we take for granted wasn't always so. Erma always throws in her own unique humorous spin too. A little dated, but for those who enjoy Erma it's a classic read.
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My book group in a assisted senior living place loves it. They have fond memories of reading her columns, and remember well the flight to the suburbs after WWII. It makes for great laughter and good conversation. I enjoy reading it aloud to them, and that is why we are a book group instead of a book club.
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She hits the nail on the head wth her stories of the suburbs.
Took me right back to growing up there and the strange thing
of most mothers not having a car to use all week so the few
that did drove everyone everywhere. Fun fun times.
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